SEOUL, Dec. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Hyundai Mobis Co., South Korea’s largest auto parts maker, said Thursday it will develop a safety system by 2021 aimed at preventing accidents caused by drivers dozing off at the wheel.
Hyundai Mobis plans to introduce the Departed Driver Rescue & Exit Maneuver (DDREM) technology that allows the vehicle to automatically pull over onto the shoulder of a motorway and park itself at the Consumer Electronic Show to be held in Las Vegas next month, the company said in a statement.
The safety feature also works if the driver suffers a heart attack or other conditions where he or she loses control of the vehicle, it said.
Hyundai Mobis tested the technology at a proving ground in October and plans to do the same test on roads next year, the company said.
A survey of the American Automobile Association showed there were a total of 6,400 deaths from drowsy driving-related crashes on roads in the United States in 2015.